Leslie Jordan performs Thursday at New Stage Theatre. Image: New Stage Theatre

by Sherry Lucas

Another cold snap!

But, it looks like the thaw will set in before the weekend arrives. What warms a room nearly as fast as a roaring blaze? A crowd. Let that be your guide. Get out and about to some of this fun and help inject some real warmth into the events, the attractions and the creative goings-on in this town. That’s what makes it special, and your participation is key.

A Sign Making Party for Saturday’s Women’s Rally is scheduled at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Whole Foods Market in Jackson. Feel free to drop by; some supplies will be available, or bring your own.

The Mississippi Museum of Art’s Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) debuts its Re: frame format Thursday at Museum After Hours, inviting public participation as it explores the topic of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, inspired by photographs by Kim Rushing and informed by “White Gold: Thomas Sayre,” now on view. There’s also music by Alphonso Sanders. Re:frame attendees are encouraged to share thoughts and reflections (and rewarded with prizes!). The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. the program is 6-7:30 p.m. and the galleries are open till 8:30 p.m. It’s free.

A one-week exhibition, Parchman — Photography by Kim Rushing opens at And Gallery, 133 Millsaps Ave., with a 6-10 p.m. reception Friday. Tuesday at And Gallery, catch NOISE Creative Music Series with OHMME, 6-10 p.m.

Family Fun Science Night, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, piques the interest of inquiring minds with STEM and STEAM activities, a watershed demonstration, live animals, brain teaser challenges and more. It’s $6 per adult, $4 per child, and there will be food available for purchase.

Conservation educator Jennifer Jerrolds share information about mammals during Family Fun Science Night. Image: MDWFP

Emmy Award-winning actor/comedian Leslie Jordan, known for his portrayal of Beverley Leslie on “Will & Grace,” presents his one-man show, Exposed,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at New Stage Theatre, about his experiences as a flamboyant youth raised as a Southern Baptist, as well as real-life behind-the-scenes stories of his stage and TV performances. Tickets are $25 general admission, $100 sponsorship, at 601-948-3531, newstagetheatre.com or the New Stage Theatre box office. This is a fundraiser for the Eudora Welty New Play Series.

Oh Jeremiah’s premiere of the short film Even If It Kills Me,” along with music from Oh Jeremiah and McKenzie Lockhart, is 7 p.m. Friday at The Flamingo. It’s $7 advance (eventbrite.com), $10 at the door.

“Elvis is in the building!” at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Friday (and beyond!), but Friday’s when the spotlight’s on the fact. Postponed because of weather earlier this week, the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday honors the birthday month of the King of Rock’n’Roll with a boosted selection of merch — books, cookbooks, magnets, T-shirts, puzzles and the like — on sale, refreshments in the afternoon and an “All Shook Up” cocktail. Grab a gander at Andy Warhol’s “Triple Elvis” in the “Picturing Mississippi” bicentennial exhibition while you’re there!

Multi-platinum songwriter/producer/instrumentalist Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra fame is at Hal & Mal’s, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25 each on ticketmaster.com.

Jackson meets Jay Dee,” presented by Revolutionary Resonance Arts and Culture Cooperative 8 p.m. Friday at the Chokwe Lumumba Center, 939 W. Capitol, is a musical tribute to hip-hop producer J Dilla, with music produced by, sampled by and inspired by Jay Dee. It features DJ Kali “Dada” Akuno. Cover is a $5 donation at the door.

Stolen Faces, Nashville’s Grateful Dead tribute band, captures the spirit of that classic rock band and shares the energy and spontaneity of some of the band’s finest, 10 p.m. Friday at Martin’s.

The Woooooo Issa Show, 8-11 p.m. Friday at Offbeat, is a hip-hop concert featuring Blk Crwn, Mr. Fluid, Yung Jewelz, Timaal Bradford, Cord Short and Mack Lite, art by Kira Cummings and DJ Young Venom. Cover is $10, $12 via card.

Natchez band Bishop Gunn blends rock and roll, soul and blues, and is on a good run that’s seen success on Kid Rock’s “Chillin’ the Most Cruise,” a commercial film for Southern Comfort in Clarksdale and work on a feature-length album with Grammy-nominated producer Casey Wasner. Hear ‘em live at a 9 p.m. Saturday show at Duling Hall. Magnolia Bayou opens. Tickets are $10.

Bishop Gunn performs Saturday at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

The Storytelling Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum celebrates the Mississippi’s storytellers past and present. Prepare for an artistic, literary adventure, exploring the art of storytelling in many forms with special guests Rick Anderson, Dexter Allen, Andrea Thompson, Terrence Roberts and Peter Zapletal of the Mississippi Puppetry Guild. Activities are included with museum admission or membership.

Activities are included with museum admission or membership at Saturday’s Storytelling Festival. Image: Mississippi Children’s Museum

The Women’s March on Jackson Anniversary Event: Rally to the Polls, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Mississippi State Capitol, focuses on empowering women, civic involvement and a look ahead to the 2018 mid-term elections.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m., go right back to New Stage Theatre to enjoy a staged reading of “Glory! Glory!,” a musical co-conceived by Leslie Jordan and Michael Lotus and written by Jordan, Linda Burgess and William Dunlap, with original music by songwriters Travis Howard and Danny Myrick. General admission tickets are $10.

Have the time of your life — at the very least, enjoy that song again — at Thalia Mara Hall Saturday, when Dirty Dancing brings the film fave to live stage in two shows, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. At last check, ticket availability looked better for the matinee, $65 and up on ticketmaster.com.

“Dirty Dancing” comes to Thalia Mara Hall Saturday. Image: Innovation Arts & Entertainment

Saturday night, 6-9 p.m. turn up and tune in to hear the Vibe Doctors at Surin of Thailand, who’ll deliver new arrangements of original and familiar tunes in their signature high-energy way. There’s no cover charge.

Rita Brent offers up the funny stuff live at the Alamo Theater, 333 N. Farish St., 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Also on tap: Heart Society and New Orleans comedian Jashad Mccoy. Find tickets, $20, at eventbrite.com.

Rita Brent. Image: Rita Brent

Saturday night at Martin’s, the New Orleans band The Quickening entertains with feel-good music, 10 p.m. Saturday.

Bingo and Bills, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at The Flamingo, invites you to join Planned Parenthood Southeast Young Leaders (PPYL) for bingo, prizes and an update on the legislative session ahead.

Hear Franz Shubert’s “Arpeggione Sonata” and compositions by Robert Schumann in the hands of violist Ausra Jasineviciute and pianist John Paul, at Tuesday’s Music in the City at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The cash bar opens at 5:15 p.m., with the program at 5:45 p.m. It’s free.

Hoops and hoopla with the Harlem Globetrotters come to the Mississippi Coliseum 7 p.m. Tuesday, and catch even more fun at the pre-game Magic Pass interactive event, 5:30-6 p.m. Tickets are $17-$93-plus for the game, and $22 for the Magic Pass on ticketmaster.com.

“Riverdance,” now on its 20th-anniversary world tour, steps lively into Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of the Jackson Live series. Tickets are $35 to $100-plus on ticketmaster.com.

Riverdance. Image: Innovation Arts & Entertainment

Sherry Lucas, a features writer in Jackson for the last 34 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a sampling of creativity and culture from across the metro area. For additional events, see our online events calendar here. Reach Sherry at sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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